Dar el Mudal
What We Love
- An elegant riad filled with art and charm, with the bustling Medina at its doorstep Good old-fashioned hospitality from owner, Gloria, and her artist husband Norman
- Beautifully outfitted rooms filled with collectibles and antiques
- In-the-know advice on where to eat, shop and explore
What To Know
- The 5-bedroom house hotel is run by host and owner Gloria and is decorated with paintings by her late-husband
- Guestrooms have AC and free WiFi; all hold a max of two guests
- Looking to relax? Hit the roof terrace
Hidden away among the cluttered backstreets of Marrakech, the high, whitewashed walls of the riads conceal an opulent courtyard where the sounds of the city drop away. Dar el Mudal is an intimate guest house with just four bedrooms, lovingly created and run by owner Gloria and her British-Indian artist husband, whose inimitable style is splashed across the walls. Family art adorns the rooms, outfitted in sumptuous furniture and antiques. The pièce de résistance is the central courtyard, where soaring walls notched with intricate filigree meet arched doorways and wide balconies from which to take in the views.
This is a welcome respite from the cacophony of sound that accompanies Marrakech’s day-to-day life. In a quiet residential area in the south of the old city, Dar el Mudal is ideally placed for exploring – it’s just 10 minutes from Djemaa el-Fnaa and its heaving markets. Set out on foot, and you’ll find yourself winding through the city’s switchback streets, past donkeys pulling carts laden with leather bags, stallholders hawking towering piles of spices and street-food stalls steaming with tantalizing flavors.
Nearby, you’ll find plenty of history, culture and traditional life to discover. The Medina is the city’s beating heart, where palaces sit alongside bakeries and humble market stalls. Explore the rich concentration of impressive buildings around the guesthouse, such as the 16th-century Badi Palace and the Bahia Palace, built in the 19th century and intended to be the best in the world. Gloria’s knowledge of Marrakech will help you on your quest to uncover the most authentic restaurants, bars and shopping that the city has to offer.
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My wife and I loved our stay with Gloria and her staff 3 days in March, but am just now finding the time to write a review. Sitting down and spending time with her talking in the living room was one of the highlights of our trip, and we fell in love with her late husband's art work. One of the locals had tried to "show us the way" as is common in Marrakech and I was a bit short with him in front of the staff which I was personally embarrassed about, but they handled everything with the utmost care and made sure to make me feel instantly at home. By the second morning they already knew my wife would take breakfast tea and I would take coffee. There is not enough that could be said about how much we enjoyed the experience. Truly one of our favorites in all our travels!
If you are looking for a quiet place that is close to all of the major sites then this Raid is for you. It is very good value for the money we paid to stay there for 3 nights. The staff are very friendly and accommodating to any need. The breakfast was delicious. It felt nice to not be in a massive Hotel and you really felt part of the family
Very nice Dar in a silent neighbourhood and convenient access by foot to all sights in the Medina.
You can enjoy breakfast on the rooftop terrace and relax in the various places in the house.
The owner and staff are friendly and supportive, and help you with taxis etc.
We have spent some lovely days here.
When I checked in, I was in a state of awe. The riad was stunning. Absolutely beautiful interior decor - a wonderful mix of well curated Moroccan and European artwork and motifs. My room was quite cozy and also well decorated. And the rooftop patio was a lovely place to wind down, after a day out.
The service level was top notch. Gloria, herself is a delightful to get to know. She and her staff were quick to assist me whenever I needed anything. Even going above and beyond, when I had an accident during my trip. They truly exemplified the best of Moroccan hospitality and kindness.
Final notes - Breakfast was so good. That I often think about it. The wifi is strong & reliable. And the riad is centrally located - close to the Souks and a number of key landmarks.
FABULOUS. Both the beautiful Riad and the marvellous Gloria who is the perfect host, and who really made our holiday. The Riad is stunning, and beautifully decorated with many of Gloria's late husband's paintings, including lots of Gloria herself (he was a renowned artist and painted the Queen as well as other members of the Royal Family). The central courtyard has been roofed, creating a light-filled and spacious living room. All our bedrooms were lovely with everything you could wish for, ensuite bathrooms, and all very tastefully decorated. Breakfast was served up on the gorgeous roof terrace and was a delicious feast to set us up for the day. Gloria could not do enough for us - tea after a hard day's sightseeing, recommendations for restaurants (all very good), information on sights and museums, plus arranging our taxi to the airport. We left very early on our final morning and she insisted on making us sandwiches and a packed breakfast which was very much appreciated. My sister, brother and I were accompanying our 81yr old Mum to revisit Marrakech where she'd lived as a child and where her parents (our grandparents) retired, so it was a memory-filled trip, made extra special by staying at this heavenly haven well placed in the Medina, and by being so well looked after by our fabulous and entertaining host.